The Way of Wisdom: Explorations from Scripture, Literature, and Philosophy | July 26-29

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Many cultures make a distinction between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge can be obtained by simple memorization and study, but wisdom must be learned over time with the experiences of living. The acquisition of wisdom is, therefore, a more mysterious process that is harder to quantify and understand. Who can know why wisdom comes to some and not others? Many intelligent people seem to lack wisdom, while simple folk may have it in abundance. It’s no wonder that the ancient Hebrews sometimes spoke of Wisdom in the scriptures in feminine terms, as if it was a woman to be courted and sought after.

Our annual Scholar’s Retreat will focus on Biblical Wisdom literature in a perfect setting—the contemplative and peaceful canyon retreat of Laity Lodge. Can you think of a better place to court the presence and favor of Lady Wisdom?

Things we’ll be talking about:

  • What is Wisdom?
  • How does the modern world make the pursuit of Wisdom more difficult?
  • Finding Wisdom through friendship and community
  • A Wisdom meditation based on Proverbs 3

Speakers
David Lyle Jeffrey
Dr. Jeffrey is a Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities at Baylor University. Known as a medievalist and as a scholar of biblical tradition in western literature and art, Jeffrey teaches courses on medieval literature, the Bible as literature, biblical hermeneutics, biblical tradition in the arts, and many others.

His next book, entitled Arts of the Holy, explores the role of art in the development of Christian doctrine. General editor and co-author of A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature, he has also written numerous articles and books, including the highly acclaimed People of the Book and Houses of the Interpreter.

Darin Davis
Dr. Davis is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute for Faith and Learning at Baylor University. Appointed as IFL’s director in 2009, he oversees the annual Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, various faculty and staff development efforts, and programs for Baylor undergraduate and graduate students, including the Crane Scholars Program and Conyers Scholars Program. As a faculty member of Baylor’s philosophy department, he teaches a variety of courses in moral philosophy.

He is the author of articles and reviews in scholarly and popular journal and editor of Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century University (forthcoming, Baylor University Press). He is also a licensed Baptist minister.

Musicians
Charles Webb
Pianist, Dean Emeritus, Indiana University School of Music; Bloomington, Indiana. For more information on Charles, click here.

Anne Martindale Williams
Principal Cellist, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Artist

Prepare For Your Retreat
Plan to arrive at Laity Lodge anytime after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 26. The retreat will officially commence with a 6:30 reception at the Great Hall and will conclude Sunday, July 29, following an 11:00 a.m. brunch. Click here for directions and more info on how to prepare for your visit.